Opportunities for green thumbs to volunteer

4 August, 2014

LOCAL Landcare members, North East Catchment Management Authority and Alpine Shire Council are working together for a common cause, encouraging more people to volunteer to support the environment.

More than 50 people joined in on a National Tree Planting event in Myrtleford late last month, planting 500 trees along the Ovens River Trail.

Local Landcare Facilitator Gayle South said the day was initiated as an ongoing project for the impending Myrtleford Landcare Group, and was made possible with the support of the Ovens Landcare Network, Council and NECMA, who supplied the trees for planting.

“Numerous community members and groups attended with representation from Myrtleford Scouts, Cubs, Fly Fihers, Lions, Rotary and neighbouring Landcare groups,” she said.

“Everyone had a job to do, it was a very satisfying result.”

The trees planted along the Ovens River Trail comprised of native endemic understory species that will enhance the biodiversity of the area.

“We already have the basic vegetation structure along the walk and are now filling in the gaps,” Ms South said.

“The trail will have further plantings days, additional nesting boxes installed with monitoring mornings and in warmer weather spot light walks to see activity at night.”

Council’s Environment Officer Cameron Alexander said the day was a fantastic example of what can be achieved when the community and organisations work together for a common cause.

“It was a really good turnout and great result,” he said.

“It’s the support of our communities in the form of days like that and membership to Landcare groups that contribute to protecting and supporting our environment.”
NECMA Catchment Coordinator for the Ovens sub catchment Andrew Briggs welcomed the cooperative approach.

“We are committed to working in partnership with the Alpine Shire and the Myrtleford community in order to deliver practical conservation projects aimed at restoring the unique Ovens River Trail environment.

“The CMA and the Alpine Shire will continue to explore how to best support the Myrtleford community and Landcare to remain engaged with the Ovens River Trail project.”

Anyone wishing to participate in upcoming events or become involved in Landcare in Myrtleford can contact Gayle South on 0448 983 109.

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